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- website launches late pm Friday 24.05.02 -

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London Friday 24th May 02 – MTV UK & Ireland, owned by Viacom International Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), today launches an innovative microsite for the hotly anticipated MTV show ‘The Osbournes’. The Osbournes’ microsite promises to wow, amaze and offend internet users just as much as the TV show will itself.

A fly-on-the wall series featuring Ozzy Osbourne and his eccentric family, ‘The Osbournes’ is the highest rating show on MTV US ever. The series premieres on UK television exclusively on MTV from Sunday 26th May at 10pm.

The Osbournes' microsite- - will feature a virtual tour of the Osbournes' home, with all four family members, the nanny and pets represented as interactive animated characters. The characters swear, fight and scare the neighbours - just like in the show itself. The site will launch with access to the Osbournes' virtual living room/kitchen, with the characters interacting with the room and each other.

Throughout the series’ ten week run further rooms will be rolled out with increased character interactivity.

Examples of current features include:

By right clicking on the characters, users can make the characters:

Introduce themselves

Call over other characters for a chat

Swear randomly

Interact with objects in the house

By clicking on certain objects in the house, users can launch key site content

Clicking on the television launches video clips

By clicking on the laptop users can sign up for the newsletter

The messages pinned to the fridge will launch the message boards

Future content includes photo galleries, diaries from the family members and their domestic staff, message boards and screen-savers. The Osbournes' microsite has been created by specialmoves and the MTVi in-house team using Macromedia Shockwave.

Says Chris Sice, VP General Manager Digital & Interactive MTV Networks UK & Ireland: "The Osbournes’ website is absolutely spot-on in transferring the flavour of the show onto the internet and also demonstrates that, in this tough economic climate, the web can still be a medium that creates value both for us and our clients".

Says Darrell Wilkins, Director of specialmoves; "’The Osbournes’ has been fantastic to work on and we are really happy with the results. We see this combination of television programming and new media continuing to be of increasing importance to the media and new media sectors. The site, which will arouse interest in the show 24 hours a day, and will provide great entertainment for users as well as commercial benefits for MTV and its sponsors".

In line with MTV’s cross-media strategy, ‘The Osbournes’ will be fully supported with a range of mobile phone activities. These activities will include:

Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath ringtones

SMS subscription service to receive

Sneak previews

Tune-in reminders

‘Which Osbourne are you?’ game

Take a personality test and discover which member of the household you are most like.

‘Swear Box’ competition

‘The Osbournes' swear box’ - viewers text MTV their estimates of how many times Ozzy and family swear each episode. MTV will then text them back with ‘higher’ or ‘lower’ pointers, before entering them into a prize draw for a family trip to LA.

Says Matthew Kershaw, Internet & Mobile Manager, MTV Networks UK & Ireland: "We’ve created a mobile package for our viewers to use both while the show is broadcast and to get in touch with the product when they're out and about. It really showcases MTV's strength in taking a media property across interactive platforms while still keeping true to the tone of the original."

The website is sponsored by Golden Wonder’s Nik-Naks, and the crisps themselves make random surprise appearances within the virtual house.


Note To Editors:

MTV UK & Ireland is available via Sky Digital and digital cable and is part of the MTV Networks UK pack of seven channels. is the UK’s number one music website with 500,000 unique users and 10 million page impressions a month.

specialmoves is an interactive media agency based in London which specialises in creating cutting edge interactive content for the internet and new media channels. Its clients are drawn from a range of sectors, including media and entertainment. Its clients include: MTV, Channel 4, Independiente and Mark Knopfler.

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Xavier Adam, Xavier Adam Public Relations :

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